The final episode of “Ashes to Ashes” on BBC 1, demonstrated that mainstream television can still produce intelligent and entertaining drama.
I personally loved it, because it reminded me of the best years of my life.
I didn’t fully understand the ending: I got it that Gene Hunt was dead already and that Alex, Ray, Chris and Shaz were going back to the future: but what about all those stars? And was Jim the devil?
Was it, in fact, yet another variation on the Faust story?
Viewers of the 1980s police drama learned that Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, had in fact died in his first week as a policeman and had been the apparition who had regularly appeared to DI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes).
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the series’ climax, Ashes to Ashes co-creator Matthew Graham said: “It’s been hard keeping the secret, even my family didn’t know.”
He added: “I don’t tell them anything. So they know nothing in advance. It is an emotional ending.
“I guess we very rarely finish a show, where you really know that you are saying goodbye to a group of people.”